JOMC Student at N.C. A&T Lands Fellowship and Major Road Trip

GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 7, 2018) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Junior Journalism and Mass Communication multimedia student, Denver Lark will spend approximately two months traveling the country as a 2018 Chevrolet and National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) “Discover the Unexpected (DTU)” Journalism Fellow.

Lark is among six students chosen from historically black colleges and universities for the fellowship. In two groups of three, the students will explore and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African-American communities.

She plans to use the fellowship as an opportunity to combat the “lack of diversity and the many negative connotations and perspectives people have all over the world for African Americans.” 

“I intend to use the Discover the Unexpected Fellowship for more than a platform, but continue to use my own camera and my keyboard to tell untold stories from African American communities even if this means going beyond the headlines and putting myself in any situation where the story must be told,” Lark said in her application video submission. 

Her journey began in Detroit, Michigan, where she participated in two days of journalism training with Chevrolet and NNPA leadership at General Motors’ Global Headquarters. Then she and “Team Optimistic,” hit the road and began reporting assignments, equipped with access to a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

"This is an impressive program.  Not only will students receive the opportunity to enhance their digital, video and social media storytelling skills, but they will do this working alongside professionals at some of the most prestigious and historical newspapers across the country that are geared to the African American experience.  I feel the students will go back to their respective schools fully armed with the skills required to be  journalists, but with a greater understanding of the power and impact of the Black Press in African American communities,” said Gail Wiggins, JOMC assistant professor and interim chairwoman.

The team will travel and work on projects with The Washington Informer in Washington D.C.; The Atlanta Voice in Atlanta, Georgia; The New Journal & Guide in Norfolk, Virginia; and New York Amsterdam News in New York, New York. With exposure to many different communities, and networking with journalism professionals, the students will have a keener eye to portray the world around them.

Lark was selected by a group of NNPA publishers, editors and media spokespeople. Her application also included a college professor recommendation.